Cog is, far and away, my favourite music player. File browser on the left panel, pull a folder into the right panel, it plays the files you pull into the main box. Simple! Easy! Nice! Especially since I store all my music on my non-primary drive. Cog doesn't care where I keep my music! It just deals with whatever folder I tell it to monitor.

I also have about 200 gigs of music. It's a problem, I know.

I can't find a player this simple and elegant in Ubuntu.

Amarok: doesn't handle non-primary drives very well.
Banshee: kinda good, but fussy browsing/playlist systems.
Audacious: no file browser; it also crashes whenever I try to "import" all my music.

All I want -- seriously -- is something where I can look at my MP3 folder, drag a folder onto a playlist, and have that playlist play the songs.

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    Decibel is what you want- it's a great simple player: see my post here askubuntu.com/questions/176615/176626#176626
    – user76204
    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:55
  • Yes but I didn't want to duplicate my post from that other answer as the explanation would be very similar.
    – user76204
    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:00
  • Mik, you are the wind beneath my wings. Decibel is exactly what I was looking for. Aug 29, 2012 at 10:03

1 Answer 1


You can try BeatBox.

BeatBox is an easy to use, stable, fast and good looking music library organizer written in vala.

It has many modern features including Last.FM integration, (smart) playlists, podcasts, Internet radio, similar songs playlist, simple UI, instant search, queue system, mass song editing, advanced equalizer and more.1

To install it, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sgringwe/beatbox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install beatbox

1Source:Ubuntu Vibes

  • Decibel actually fits my needs even better, but BeatBox is a good suggestion. Thanks, Mitch! Aug 29, 2012 at 13:26

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